From the Executive Director
By Al Hammonds, Jr.
Updated Offices at 1461 Kensington Ave. Include New Conference Room/Training Center Available for Partner Use
- How can our staff work more efficiently and continue to grow as a high performance team?
- How can we better serve our partners, including providing quality space for meetings, conferences and training sessions?
- How can we increase our ability to communicate with our partners across Western New York’s eight counties?
- How, ultimately can we increase our engagement with the community by in fact putting our stakes down in a neighborhood where many of our Medicaid consumers work and live?
These were some of the key questions that our Leadership Team sought to answer when we started to think about a move several months ago from our previous office space in the Ambulatory Services building on the campus of Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the lead entity of our Performing Provider System.
And now, thanks to ongoing support from ECMC, and after several weeks of transition, I’m very pleased to share that we are settling into new space at the site of the former Cleve Hill Medical Clinic located at 1461 Kensington Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215. (We are planning an Open House the week of August 13.)
Immediately, this new central location is increasing our team’s ability to both work better together – and as a result — be even better catalysts, facilitators and collaborators for our Partners.
Our updated facility is also enabling us to provide our Partners access to upgraded communications tools in the form of a 40+ seat conference room/training center and expanded presentation and video conferencing capabilities able to connect across our eight counties.
Overall, this move is another important step forward for both Millennium Collaborative Care, our Partners and Medicaid constituents. Our centrally located, updated offices are helping our team be more focused… more efficient and ultimately, more effective. All are key to enabling us to both meet and exceed our DY2 deliverables and goals.
From the Chief Medical Officer
By Anthony J. Billittier IV, MD, FACEP
MILLENNIUM’S PHYSICIAN STEERING COMMITTEE
BLAZING TRAILS TO STANDARDIZE CARE
Millennium Collaborative Care is fortunate to have a strong, engaged group coming to the table as the Physician Steering Committee (PSC). This group advises our PPS on all matters DSRIP, including Value Based Reimbursement and overall system transformation.
Recently, Millennium established several subcommittees, each led by membership of the PSC, to align consensus with community physicians around Standards of Care or “Best Practices”.
These subcommittees are charged with ensuring that clinical care is standardized in our region by evaluating current evidence based standards.
In addition to reviewing current literature, standards are compared with community standards in place at local payers and our neighboring PPS, Community Partners of Western New York. This is a rigorous exercise, however, patients in the community will all benefit tremendously from reducing variation in care.
Below are the projects that have dedicated subcommittees to develop/adopt best practices, and the Physician Steering Committee members that are leading the charge:
3.b.i Cardiovascular Disease:
- Dr. Ranjit Singh
- Dr. Amarpreet Grewal Bath
- Dr. Frances Ilozue
3.a.i Behavioral Health Integration:
- Dr. Pamela Reed
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta
- Dr. AnnMarie Zimmermann
- Dr. Vanessa Barnabei
3.a.ii Crisis Stabilization:
- Dr. Yogesh Bakhai
From the Chief Clinical Integration Officer
By Michele Mercer, RN
WHAT IS ‘CLINICAL INTEGRATION’?
Coordination of Care, Information Sharing, Consistent Protocols Quality Focus, Value, Population Health Management and more!
I am often asked, “What is ‘Clinical Integration’?” and, “What are you ‘clinically integrating’?”
“Clinical integration” refers to the coordination of care across a continuum of services including; preventive, outpatient, inpatient acute hospital care, post-acute including skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health services, palliative care, and community-based services to improve the value of the care provided.
In a clinically integrated network, the participating providers share clinical and financial information to encourage improved coordination of care and adherence to evidence-based care protocols.
Clinically Integrated Networks are able to negotiate with payers to reward incentives for shifting from payment for the volume of services to rewarding better quality outcomes, improved patient access to needed services, and improved efficient use of healthcare resources.
Clinical integration also maintains a focus on quality, value, and population health management. Millennium Collaborative Care and our partners are making great strides in developing our clinically integrated network. Over the past year we have been focused on the following foundational steps toward clinical integration:
- Providing support for achievement of Patient Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use.
- Developing a “warm hand-off” process among partners.
- Establishing an IT/Data sharing interoperability infrastructure.
- Building on a Care Transitions and Care Coordination Strategy across settings.
- Implementing training across settings regarding clinical integration, tools and communication for coordination.
- Facilitating an organization that will support Value Based Payment arrangements.
As the Millennium Collaborative Care clinically integrated network continues to develop and grow, more robust data sharing and analytics will be built with our partners.
The ultimate success of the Clinical Integration is to establish an infrastructure that supports continuous evaluation of metrics and performance which are necessary to modify clinical protocols or guidelines and foster collaboration among providers.
NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
CONDUCTING MEDICAL RECORD COLLECTION
Practices to be randomly selected
Millennium would like to inform all partner Medicaid providers that The New York Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the medical record review abstraction firm, Verisk Health to conduct medical record collection and abstractions for all PPSs participating in Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
Practices will be selected through a randomized sampling methodology to participate.
It is imperative that if contacted, practices cooperate fully with this important endeavor.
The medical record review will require the abstraction of data to populate six HEDIS measures (controlling high blood pressure, comprehensive diabetes care, prenatal and postpartum care, frequency of ongoing prenatal care, childhood immunization status, and lead screening in children) and one New York specific non-HEDIS measures (screening for clinical depression).
The Verisk scheduling team will be contacting providers who request onsite scanning to schedule a site visit for record collection and review. These visits must be scheduled and completed by 11/13/2016.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 1 (877) 489-8437
SANTIAGO APPOINTED ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
FOX EXPANDS ROLE AS DIRECTOR – IMEDS & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PHILLIPS NAMED DIRECTOR – HIT
Al Hammonds, Jr., Executive Director, announced the promotion of Juan Santiago to the position of Administrative Director for MCC effective July 18, 2016. In addition to working on the DSRIP project for ECMC since February of 2012, Juan brings extensive experience in the health care industry. He most recently served MCC as Operations Director and will continue to manage those responsibilities in his new role. In addition, he will assist in meeting overall organization objectives, oversee the iMeds Team, the Communications function, manage the overall operations and logistics of MCC, and provide high level oversight of MCC’s operating budget.
In related moves, it was also announced that Tammy Fox has accepted an expanded role at MCC as Director – iMeds & Project Management and Jon Phillips has been named Director – HIT. Both Tammy and Jon will report to Juan Santiago.
Join Our Team!
Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS is dedicated to recruiting team members that are dedicated to creating healthier communities throughout the eight counties of Western New York. We are currently seeking dynamic individuals to fill the following positions: